Family pushed Paterno to read
Joe Paterno had to be prodded by his family to read the grand-jury report regarding Jerry Sandusky and did not understand some of its graphic...
Joe Paterno had to be prodded by his family to read the grand-jury report regarding Jerry Sandusky and did not understand some of its graphic terminology, according to a new book.
The book, "Paterno" by Joe Posnanski, was purchased Friday by The Associated Press in advance of its release next week.
In the book, Posnanski describes a scene at Paterno's home two days after Sandusky had been charged with child sex abuse last November. Paterno's family and a close adviser were trying to explain to the Penn State coach that there was a growing sentiment Paterno must have known for years about the accusations against Sandusky.
The book quotes Paterno as shouting, "I'm not omniscient!"
Paterno did not want to read the report, but family members and Guido D'Elia, the Penn State football communications and marketing assistant, insisted that he must.
The book also indicates Paterno didn't comprehend all the terms in the report, asking his son what sodomy meant.
According to the book, later that night Paterno's son, Scott, told his mother that she should brace herself for the possibility that Joe could be fired.
Sue Paterno responded, "Scotty, that will kill him."
Paterno was fired by school trustees two days later, on Nov. 9. He died in January at age 85 of cancer.
Sandusky, Paterno's longtime defensive coordinator, is jailed and awaiting sentencing after being convicted in June on 45 criminal counts involving 10 boys.
Former athletic director Tim Curley and now-retired school administrator Gary Schultz are awaiting trial on charges of lying to a grand jury and failing to report the abuse allegations against Sandusky.
Paterno was not charged, though the NCAA last month slammed his beloved football program with a range of tough sanctions. Among them, the Nittany Lions were forced to vacate 112 wins from 1998 to 2011, meaning Paterno no longer has the most coaching victories in major-college football.
Idaho going independent
BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho State Board of Education approved letting Idaho begin scheduling and playing college football as an independent.
The board's 5-1 vote also gives school administrators permission to explore membership in the Big Sky Conference for all other Vandal sports teams.
Since 2005, the Vandals have competed in the Western Athletic Conference. But the WAC is in tatters and hurtling toward extinction thanks to a series of defections over the past two years.
• Wide receiver Jared Fagnano will transfer from Akron to Penn State. He must sit out one season.
• Tulane starting linebacker Trent Mackey was suspended indefinitely from the team. The Times-Picayune reported that Mackey was arrested along with another suspect in connection with an armed robbery July 12.
• Oklahoma defensive tackle Stacy McGee was suspended indefinitely for what coach Bob Stoops called a violation of university policy. McGee is the fifth Oklahoma player to be suspended during this offseason.
• A magistrate in Alliance, Ohio, found Ohio State running back Bri'onte Dunn not guilty of a disorderly conduct charge.